|Ray Murphy was a walk-on wrestler during the 1960s, captaining the
1968 national champion team and as a senior in 1969 finished second in
the 145-pound weight class. He was an honor student and beloved member
of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. While getting his master's degree,
he competed in an East-West All-Star match in 1970 when he was thrown to
the mat in an illegal hold and landed on his head, paralyzing him from
the neck down.
On July 20, 2010, Murphy passed away as the longest living
quadriplegic known to medical science.
"There were three things that prolonged Ray's life - his faith, his
friends and his love for OSU," said Jim Blazer, a fraternity brother and
head of the Ray Murphy Fund. "Ray lived for all things OSU and he loved
the university more than anything. He would listen to the radio if a
game wasn't on TV or he'd go online and read about academics, sports,
new facilities, everything. He would read articles in the newspaper.
That's what Ray lived for."
After his death, OSU athletics was inspired to endow a scholarship in
"Our goal is to reach $250,000," said Dave Martin,
senior associate athletic director. "It's the least we can do to honor
such an amazing guy with an incredible will to live. He is such an
inspiration to others."
The scholarship will be awarded to wrestlers exemplify Murphy's
outstanding academics, positive attitude and passion for OSU.
"My only hope is that we give this scholarship to someone who has a
heart for putting others before himself," Blazer said. "He must first be
a student, then an athlete just like Ray. I hope that we will be able to
impact a student's life, just like Ray impacted mine and several
Direct donations to the fund are accepted at the OSU Foundation by clicking here.
Checks are payable to the OSU Foundation and note the donation is for
the Ray Murphy Endowed Scholarship.
Oklahoma State University Foundation
c/o Ray Murphy Fund
P.O. Box 1749
Stillwater, OK 74076-1749
The OSU Foundation serves as the private fundraising organization for
OSU, as designated by the OSU Regents. Its mission is to unite donor and
university passions and priorities to achieve excellence.